Five fantastic mountain hikes in Vrådal

Text: Anne Bloksgaard Nielsen Published 06.10.2021

Vrådal’s stunning nature offers numerous spectacular hiking opportunities. Here are our top five.

In the area around Vrådal you’ll find lots of delightful forest and gravel trails along Lake Nisser and other places. A wide selection of longer hikes also beckons in the immediate vicinity. Below is a selection of five routes that are particularly popular among holidaymakers to the region.


The Veneli hiking area is located south of the hotel. A favourite excursion is the climb to Venelifjell’s summit – ‘The Beautiful Mountain’ – where you quickly reach the stunning highland terrain and can relish the views en route to the top. On the way to the top you can also take a break to dip your toes in Venelitjørni, where you’ll find a resting place, campfire site and toilet.

Family on a forest trip


This 1021 metre-high mountain rises majestically over Vrådal and Lake Nisser and guarantees spectacular views. The marked trail to the top starts at Vrådal Panorama Ski Resort, only 10 minutes by car from the hotel. Here you can skip some sections of the climb by taking the gondola up the mountain.


Roholtsfjell is 1005 metres high and among Vrådal’s tallest peaks. This is a more demanding hike, but the panoramic views from the top definitely make the effort worthwhile!


A 30-minute drive from the hotel takes you to Bjørgefjell, where you’ll find a wealth of hiking trails of varying levels of difficulty. The climb to the top is steep and challenging but once you reach the summit, you’ll be treated to breath-taking panoramic views across Seljordsvatnet. Maybe you’ll even be lucky enough to get a glimpse of Norway's very own sea monster, Selma, who reportedly lives in the depths of the lake!


As the icing on the cake of our top five list, we have chosen one of Telemark’s absolute gems: Gaustatoppen, located around two hours by car from Vrådal. From a height of 1883 metres, on a clear day you can see a sixth of Norway from the top – and if you don’t fancy the three-hour hike to the top, you can simply take the unique Gaustabanen funicular instead, which runs inside the mountain.

A woman is photographed at sunset